Graduate Certificate: Global Health


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Global Health.

About the Certificate

Through the College of Public Health's graduate certificate in Global Health, students develop the core skills and theoretical foundations they need to address complex public health issues that are prevalent in low- and middle-income, as well as high-income countries. These issue include access to basic preventive care; emergency disaster relief; maternal and child health; and water, sanitation, and hygiene.

This academic certificate is open to all students who are currently completing graduate degrees in the College of Public Health. The certificate can only be undertaken to supplement a student's pursuit of a graduate degree in the College of Public Health. It cannot be taken independently. Courses in the Global Health certificate program provide a global health perspective on the student's existing area of graduate study and a foundation for an international career in public health or health services.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years

Campus Location: Online

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate may be completed on a part-time basis.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: The certificate program is currently not open to non-matriculated graduate students. It is structured to be completed by graduate students currently enrolled in MPH and public health-related doctoral programs or in other graduate programs at Temple. Students are permitted to take up to 9 credits of certificate coursework before applying. Those who are accepted into the certificate program may then apply the coursework completed prior to matriculation toward the certificate requirements. Matriculation is required to earn the certificate.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Fall and Spring admissions are on a rolling basis. Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program in Temple University's College of Public Health or in another Temple school or college are welcome to apply to the Global Health graduate certificate program. For more information on how to apply, interested applicants should contact Natasha Benoit, Senior Academic Advisor, at or 215-204-5105.

Laptop: Beginning in Fall 2020, all incoming students in the College of Public Health are required to have a laptop. Academic programs in the college are technology intensive. They incorporate statistical and database analyses; utilize specialized tools for athletic training, kinesiology and physical therapy; stream audio and video for communication sciences; facilitate online interactive counseling for social work; and foster clinical experiences and online assessments. The laptop requirement enables the College of Public Health to improve opportunities for active learning and provide greater access to specialized software and required tools in and out of the classroom, better preparing students for the workforce. Learn more about device specifications and suggested vendors. Students can use excess financial aid (i.e., funds that are reimbursed after all tuition and fees are paid) to meet student needs, including the purchase of a laptop. Scholarships may also provide funding.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

Public Health Core Course
SBS 5001Fundamentals of Public Health3
Global Health Core Course
Select one from the following:3
Global Environmental Health
Comparative Health Systems: Local, National, and Global Perspectives
Global Health: People, Planet, Place
Global Health Electives
Select two from the following: 16
Water, Sanitation and Public Health
EPBI 5301
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
Cancer Epidemiology
International Urbanization
Critical Issues in Globalization, Sustainability, and Social Justice
Global Health Informatics
International Health Studies Abroad 3
Forced Migration and Refugee Health
Health Policy Analysis
Total Credit Hours12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor (004-09)

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6005


Submission Address for Application Materials:

Department Contacts:

Certificate Program Co-Directors:

Graciela Jaschek, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor


Aimee J. Palumbo, PhD, MPH

Graduate Program Director



Resa M. Jones, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor